SunEdison to build up to 300 MW of solar PV in the Philippines

first_imgSunEdison to build up to 300 MW of solar PV in the PhilippinesThe American PV developer’s framework agreement with a Philippine power company is its latest move in Asian PV markets. November 12, 2014 Christian Roselund Markets Markets & Policy Share On Tuesday, SunEdison announced a joint framework agreement with Aboitiz Power to jointly “explore, develop, construct and operate” up to 300 MW of utility-scale solar PV projects in the Philippines over the next three years. The company says that this cooperation will leverage Aboitiz’ “extensive utility-scale experience” in the Philippine power market, as well as SunEdison’s PV technology and deployment capabilities. The companies aim to develop their first project in 2015, and projects will be sold to a yieldco vehicle. SunEdison has not clarified if this will be TerraForm Power or a future yieldco. This follows only four weeks after SunEdison signed a joint venture agreement to build and own up to 1 GW of PV in China, as well as big wins in solicitations for PV in several Indian states. “We’ve been present in Asia for nearly five years now, we have our strategy to diversify into various markets that make sense,” SunEdison Asia Pacific President Pashu Gopalan told pv magazine. Strong market fundamentals Gopalan cites strong market drivers for PV in the Philippines, including a growing demand for power and some of the highest electricity prices in Asia. “It is a country where solar can be competitive with almost no subsidy,” he explains. Gopalan also notes that renewable energy is a priority for the government of the Philippines, and describes the nation’s feed-in tariff as an “enabler” for the growth of PV. “It gives you some comfort because you do have the visibility into a long-term contract,” notes Gopalan. He stresses that this factor is more important than preferable pricing. The government of the Philippines has been discussing increasing the cap on the nation’s feed-in tariff to 500 MW, and Gopalan expects a “several hundred megawatt” PV market for the next few years. In the longer term, Gopalan predicts a growing PV market in the nation, regardless of policy. “The feed-in tariff is interesting, but it’s an enabler, and is not going to be a big requirement a few years from now,” he explains. Gopalan also notes the strong potential for PV-diesel hybrid solutions on the Philippines’ thousands of islands, many of which are not connected to larger grids. “The immediate economics of diesel hybrids in the Philippines can be very compelling.”Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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About T S Darbari

first_imgManaging Director & Chief Executive Officer, Texmaco Defence Systems Private Limited (TDSPL) & Chief Executive, Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited /Adventz Group & Managing Director, Russtech Development Private Limited, Indiais a top management professional, with around 35 years of rich & diversified experience in Corporate Strategy, New Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Operations, Project Management, Financial Management, Strategic Alliances & JVs, International trade collaborations & MoUs, Strategic Relationships Management, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Human Resources Management, etc. in important Govt. / Industry segments.From 1987 onwards, he has worked at the levels of Dy. Secretary/Director/ Joint Secretary in the Government of India (including under the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Petroleum, Natural Gas & Chemicals, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology) & at the levels of the General Manager/Vice President / Director, CEO under 5 Fortune 500 Corporations i.e. ONGC (A Govt. of India Enterprise), TATA Group, Hewlett Packard, Huawei Telecommunications & China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC / CPP). During the last two decades, he has contributed significantly as an active member of various important and strategic National / International Government and Institutional Committees, cutting across multiple sectors and geographieslast_img read more

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Senior Profile- Zerik Davis, Peebles High School

first_imgPreviousLove ‘em, hate ‘em, respect ‘emNextLady Warriors get regular season sweep over North Adams with 47-26 victory Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Top Searches Top Searches WinchesterMarkAdams County Ohio Valley School District SPORTS EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, The People’s Defender will profile an Adams County senior student/athlete so our community and readers can get to know better these outstanding young people who participate both in athletics and academics in their high school.NAME:Zerik DavisSCHOOL:Peebles High SchoolPARENTS:Mickey and Jennifer DavisSPORTS PLAYED IN HIGH SCHOOL:SoccerFAVORITE SPORT:SoccerFAVORITE THING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS:The bond between the teamLEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS:LosingMOST MEMORABLE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MOMENT:Breaking anklesFAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST OR GROUP:Warren G.PLACE YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:CanadaYOUR FAVORITE MOVIE:“Despicable Me”YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS:FriendsFAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:ScienceFAVORITE SPARE TIME ACTIVITY:Driving aroundFAVORITERESTAURANT:Cane’sWOULD LOVE TO TRADE PLACES FOR A DAY WITH:Bill GatesFUTURE PLANS:Travel with a purposeZerik Davis, PHS HomeSportsSenior ProfilesSenior Profile- Zerik Davis, Peebles High School Senior Profile- Zerik Davis, Peebles High SchoolJanuary 28, 2019Mark CarpenterSenior Profiles, Sports0 Powered By 10 Sec Best Carrot Cake Ever NextStay Best Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGMama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. last_img read more

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Dogs assemble for an epic ‘selfie’ at daycare

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) —  A group of dogs had an unprompted photo call that resulted in an epic dog “selfie.”The dogs were playing in an outdoor area at a dog daycare and boarding studio in Cincinnati, Ohio when they gathered near a gate.One of their caretakers snapped photos of the moment and the rest is “doggone” history. To view the photos, click here.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

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EYMS’s new dozen ready for delivery

first_imgEYMS is poised to receive 12 new Volvo/MCV double deckers, pictured at the manufacturer’s Egyptian factory, prior to delivery.The order (routeone, News, 25 January) calls for EvoSeti bodies with tables upstairs, along with free wi-fi.Along with Volvo B5TL chassis, it is a combination that the operator is already familiar with, that started with a single MCV-bodied double deck on trial two years ago.last_img

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Liikanen car safety plan ignites row over regulation blueprint

first_imgThe source said Washington would voice its fears over co-regulation at a conference in Brussels next week organised by the American Chamber of Commerce and also attended by Liikanen.Industry sources insisted this week they were not firmly opposed to co-regulatory efforts, for example where firms seek the ‘seal of approval’ of policy makers for their voluntary schemes. But they argue that authorities must not be tempted to interfere in industry-led programmes if they function well.“We have been calling for a long time for a more creative approach to regulation,” said Susan Pointer of the UK’s Confederation of British Industry. “However we will be watching very closely how it is done.” Liikanen wants the automobile industry to come up with its own system for manufacturing safer car fronts in a bid to reduce pedestrian deaths resulting from faulty designs of bonnets and bumpers. He believes it would be quicker and more effective to ask industry to offer its own solution to the problem than to issue a binding directive packed with technical requirements that would take years to implement.Only if the automobile sector fails to produce a satisfactory agreement by a June deadline will the Commissioner issue proposals for a formal directive. “If the industry solution is satisfactory you would save four years waiting for a formal directive to be adopted,” he told European Voice.But consumer groups argue the industry cannot be trusted to come up with its own solution to the pedestrian safety problem and are demanding that Liikanen issue the directive.MEPs, who also want binding rules, say Liikanen’s plan to avoid legislation means the initiative will escape the scrutiny of the EU’s only democratically elected body.“In our view this is being used as a smokescreen for avoiding legislation,” said Mark Watts, the transport spokes-man for the UK’s socialist group. “Liikanen is by-passing Parliament and treating its views with contempt.”The new legislative model is also being watched by the Union’s major trading partners. “It is clear that any change in the EU regulatory environment has very significant implications, and we care about its impact on business,” said a US government source. “Our key concern on all of this is ‘transparency’ – which is something we are saying to the Commission ad nauseam.” The European Enterprise Commissioner is preparing to host formal hearings with auto makers, safety campaigners and other stakeholders to canvass their views on his plan to cajole industry to design more pedestrian-friendly cars.Liikanen’s move is one of the first concrete examples of the new concept of ‘co-regulation’, which is gathering momentum within the Commission as it considers the future of Union-level rule-setting. This comes amid fears that the slow pace of the legislative process could render formal laws obsolete before they see the light of day.But critics are preparing to voice concerns that Liikanen’s plan – and similar schemes being plotted by other Commissioners, including consumer chief David Byrne – could set a damaging precedent if extended to all areas of EU policy making. They say co-regulation could result in arbitrary policy goals being imposed upon industry without a chance for all stakeholders to air their views.last_img read more

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A tomorrow no worse than today

first_imgEuropean governments are still struggling to convince their electors that there is no alternative to fundamental economic, fiscal and structural reforms, because they are not linking them to any vision of the future. Understandably, perhaps, because the vision is bleak. It is, after all, very unlikely to feature a return to the growth rates of the past 60 years. A new working paper from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)* implies that the slogan much beloved of politicians ‘A better tomorrow’ ought to be recast as ‘Hoping tomorrow will be no worse than today’. By assuming that the current crisis has done no lasting damage to long-term growth trends and ignoring the possibility of debt defaults in Europe and other deeply disrupting events, OECD researchers foresee “a relatively benign” long-term outlook for the global economy. This promises average global growth rates of 3% by 2060, sustained by average 5% a year growth performances in emerging economies (China, Russia, Indonesia) while established countries in the OECD area lag significantly behind. This does not seem to me to be “relatively benign” for Europe when, thanks to economic “catch up” in eastern Europe, it means average growth rates in gross domestic product of around 2% up to 2030, while Germany and Italy are looking at 1.3% and France and the UK at around the Continental average. After 2030, the OECD paper says that Germany sinks to 1% growth and France to 1.4%. Such historically low growth rates, coupled with lasting major differences in performance between member states and unfavourable demographics, suggest that in many countries only continuing austerity will prevent budget deficits from exploding again. Growth rates of 2% and less are a painfully austere framework for Europe’s future. Achieving them requires fidelity to some current policies and also changing priorities towards more spending on higher education, greater diversion of resources into technological development and much more open markets for services. In other words, a continuous cycle of change that may well require very different social contracts within our societies. The challenge will be to anchor these in democratic values and practices and not allow them to be shaped by extremist forces. Winning acceptance and consent for apparently radical changes means that people need to feel that sacrifices are fairly spread across social groups and benefits commonly shared. Grievances should not be fed by a sense of burning injustice evident in many demonstrations last week. That is why there is a new political interest in wealth taxes on the 1%-2% of populations holding significantly more of the national wealth than they were 25 years ago. In Germany, opposition parties are discussing windfall taxes on the rich to pay off national debt while UK liberals are pressing for a ‘mansion tax’ on high-value housing. Sweden abandoned a wealth tax a few years ago because it was too complicated to administer. Other countries have rejected versions of the idea because the yield is not much greater than collection costs. But the attraction will remain because the real value lies elsewhere – in a political symbolism that cannot be quantified. *OECD (2012), “Looking to 2060: a global vision of long-term growth”, OECD Economics Department Policy Notes, 15 November 2012. John Wyles is an independent consultant based in Brussels. The sight of millions of demonstrators in the streets of 23 European Union countries last week calling for an end to austerity was sad and depressing. Sad, because their placards and chanting told of real suffering and hardship inflicted by economic recession, unemployment and public spending cuts. Depressing, because it suggests that there is still too little public understanding that austerity is written long into Europe’s future. Instead of demanding a reversal of present policies, the demonstrators should be insisting on greater fairness.  François Hollande, the president of France, saw the point and tried to sweeten the pill of budget tightening with a 75% top tax rate. This is wise populist politics even though it delivers little extra revenue to the French treasury. But will he follow through with the labour-market reforms and lighter welfare costs that the recent Gallois Report listed as vital to restore some of France’s fading competitiveness? Governments across the EU are under pressure to help the poor and socially disadvantaged, but are struggling to find the funds. Eventually, they will have to squeeze the wealthy and the rich more energetically. Believing that present policies could and should be abandoned is as misguided as driving a car the wrong way down a motorway. Austerity policies will save Europe’s key economies from steep decline, if they can avoid being overwhelmed by social conflict. Governments – and protesters – can learn from Barack Obama’s successful re-election. His campaign acknowledged the need for welfare cuts to reduce the US’s yawning budget deficit, while banging the drum for a wealth tax on the US’s richest 1%. Together with a large and impeccably managed campaign organisation, his insistence on greater fairness helped cement a winning coalition of black and Asian Americans, Hispanics, Liberal women and white trade unionists. And this after four very difficult years for the American economy. last_img read more

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Kyle Busch drives No. 18 Toyota Camry to fourth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway

first_imgKyle Busch finished fourth in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.Busch’s top-five finish, the ninth time he has achieved that result this year, added 49 points to his season total. Busch now sits at No. 9 in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 651 points. A total of 16 drivers make the postseason cut.Busch started in 16th position and led four laps in the race. The 17th-year driver has collected 56 career victories, with 209 top-five finishes and 307 results inside the top 10.Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway is a familiar place for Busch, who has one career win at the track. His fourth-place finish also marks the eighth time he has finished in the top five at Michigan and his 13th top-10.The Las Vegas, Nevada native began the race three spots behind his career mark of 12.8, but finished 11 places ahead of his career average of 14.7.Busch battled against a field of 39 drivers on the way to his fourth-place finish. The race endured five cautions and 24 caution laps. There were 10 lead changes.Kevin Harvick earned the checkered flag in the race, followed by Denny Hamlin in second place and Martin Truex Jr in third. Busch placed fourth in front of Joey Logano’s fifth-place finish.After Clint Bowyer won the first stage, Harvick grabbed control and won Stage 2 before driving to victory.Kyle Busch Driver Page | Get Busch Gear | Race Centerlast_img read more

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Notre Dame alumni develop app

first_imgWith the summer swiftly approaching, students often find themselves lost in a sea of internship applications and turn to sites such as LinkedIn or GoIrish to help them in their search. Two Notre Dame alumni aim to simplify the career and internship search with CareerLightning.Frank Bugaris, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1999 with a major in accounting, created CareerLightning, a mobile app that aims to create “immediate and impactful real world career introductions,” according to its website.“A big part of the career I had in the past 10 to 15 years has been trying to find and hire people,” Bugaris said. “Although it’s one of the most rewarding parts of managing, it’s also extremely difficult. Lots of the methods are really slow or relying on word of mouth or it can cost a small fortune.”Bugaris said newspaper advertisements and websites such as LinkedIn often charge a lot for access to their resources. He said CareerLightning offers a more affordable alternative for prospective job candidates, and its results are also more immediate.“It’s all designed to be solely on your mobile device, so there’s nothing to plug in to your computer — it’s all on mobile,” Bugaris said. “Right now, I’m targeting start up technology companies and the candidates that they’re looking for. It could be a recent graduate, an intern or someone who has been out for 10 years doing all kinds of stuff.”Bugaris worked with Ben Roesch, a 2008 alumnus and co-founder of Cultivate Labs, the company responsible for the design and programming of the app.“Working with Frank was probably the strongest draw for us,” Roesch said in an email. “Lots of people have an idea or a vision for an application, but a lot of them are pretty haphazard concepts where they want to pull feature X from Facebook, feature Y from Twitter and 20 other features from all over the place. Frank had a much tighter, focused vision for the concept that became CareerLightning.”Roesch said CareerLightning gives applicants the opportunity to simplify their career search by eliminating any unnecessary frills.“The most attractive part of CareerLightning, to me, is the fact that it is focused and lightweight. It’s something that you can peek in on when you have a few minutes here or there,” Roesch said. “Contrast that with something like LinkedIn where there is so much going on that it can get overwhelming and distracting, rather than focusing on the actual career search.”Bugaris said his hope is that the app makes a difference in peoples’ lives by alleviating some of the stress that comes with any job search and decreasing the time it takes for individuals to get their applications out to potential employers.“I think it cuts down on the ‘submit your resume into the email black hole of no responses’ nonsense that seems to happen to other people,” Bugaris said. “My biggest feelings are that it decreases the time substantially from the time someone posts a position to when they can potentially get a response from somebody. Right now it’s nothing, it’s free for applicants and technology companies.”Tags: app, career app, CareerLightning, internship, job searchlast_img read more

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James Rusty Smith

first_img He was preceeded by his wife Carol of 51 years, survived by his three children, Bruce, Kelly, and Michael. He was a Port Arthur police officer and small business owner.Known by most as just “Smitty” he was well respected by the people of PA. James Rusty Smith, who was 75, passed away on September 30th at St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.Born in Port Arthur on December 21st, 1944, he never left the city he loved.center_img He also had three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.last_img

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